Colorado’s most dynamic player is done for the season.
On Sunday night, interim head coach Mike Sanford said that true freshman receiver Jordyn Tyson suffered a “lower leg injury” in the fourth quarter of the Buffs’ 49-10 loss to Oregon at Folsom Field.
“It’s confirmed that it’s going to be a season-ending injury for Jordyn,” Sanford said. “Obviously really disappointed. He played some fantastic football in that game.
“(Receivers coach Phil) McGeoghan had a quote, ‘We were just starting to have some fun.’ I think that the future is very bright for him and we expect him to make a full recovery.”
Tyson caught five passes for 137 yards, including an 81-yard touchdown, in the loss to the Ducks. With 10 minutes, 7 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, quarterback JT Shrout tried to connect with Tyson across the middle of the field, but as the ball got there, so did Oregon safety Bryan Addison, who hit Tyson low. Tyson’s left leg buckled and he was later helped off the field.
“Certainly nothing out of the norm with regards to football,” Sanford said of the injury, “but at this point we’re putting everything in place just to make sure that he and his family, the travel logistics of all of it, are taken care of. It’s great his family was here to support him and we, as a staff and a medical staff, I think we’re here to really put everything in place to make sure that he has the best possible care.”
A week ago, Tyson was named the Pac-12 freshman of the week and special teams player of the week for his sensational performance in a 42-34 loss to Arizona State. Tyson had 246 all-purpose yards in that game, including an 88-yard punt return for a score and a 58-yard touchdown reception.
For the season, Tyson had 22 catches for 470 yards and four touchdowns, leading CU in each category. He averaged 21.4 yards per catch, the third-best single-season average in CU history for receivers who caught at least 20 passes. Tyson was responsible for the four longest plays of the season for the Buffs.
Most of his production came in the last three games as he has emerged as more of a target in the passing game. Tyson caught 13 passes for 344 yards and two touchdowns in the last three games, in addition to his 131 punt return yards against ASU. That was the only game in which he had a punt return.
Two other Buffs, running back Deion Smith and safety Trevor Woods, left Saturday’s game with injuries. Sanford said both “got a little bit nicked up in the game, but both are going to be doing something (Monday) at practice.”